General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit, that he would give my people 30 days to go back home, collect all their stock, and move onto the reservation.
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Chief Joseph Quotes
I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of...
I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my...
Words do not pay for my dead people.
Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where...
You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to...
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
We gathered all the stock we could find, and made an attempt to move. We...
I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my...
Good words will not give me back my children.
War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the...
My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed.
I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated.
I want the white people to understand my people.
I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.
It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken...
The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of...
For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had...